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Kurtz: A Supreme battle, even without a nomination
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in the immediate partisans-the fight for the vacant Supreme Court seat left by Justice Kennedy.
The media immediately went to Defcon 1 within a few moments of Anthony Kennedy to retire.
There is no question that the stakes are high in the sky as to appoint a President Trump is preparing to replace a conservative, the man who was a swing vote for decades.
But it is worth to remember that Kennedy was a Reagan-appointed, to protect often sided with the conservatives, even if he delivered the occasional key vote for the liberal hot-button causes, such as the right to abortion and gay rights.
By the same token, John Roberts, George W. Bush-appointed, the wound is provision of gay marriage and save it from ObamaCare. So let’s go back to Ike’s appointment of Earl Warren, judges sometimes surprise the President, you choose.
And trump has a Chance to remake the Supreme Court in such a way that for the last few decades. It is hardly surprising that the liberal equips would for Armageddon.
What is striking is the way that some liberal commentators are calling for the Democrats to block nominated for each voice in each Trump.
You are with the simple logic of payback. Mitch McConnell blocked Merrick Garland, never allowing him a hearing, on grounds that it was Barack Obama, the last year in office. Now, some Democrats and their allies in the media to say, well, this is also an election year, so let us delay until after November (obviously, to be the mid-term elections with a presidential election, successfully established).
Chris Matthews, acting like he Neill is still working for Tip O ‘ was riled up, declare the whole day on MSNBC, according to that it is “time for revenge for what happened two years ago”, and that the democratic leadership will be issued if you fail.
CNN commentator Bakari sellers said that since the Republicans have a 50-49 edge with John McCain, the retirement of GOP senator Jeff Flake should show “some testicular fortitude,” and you can visit the Democrats in blocking each of the Trump nominated. (Flake says in any case.)
An interesting twist is liberal anger at Kennedy, and that he has the audacity to retire shortly before his 82. Birthday after three decades on the court.
The New Republic, says Kennedy, is “moderate” only in comparison to the in-court right-wing cannons fire. Slate, the liberal legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick, after bashing Kennedy for joining in the latest conservative decisions about the travel ban on the abortion and the unions, says:
“Many of us predicted that Kennedy would not allow Trump to replace him with someone to dismantle his legacy. We were wrong. Many of us believed that a life-long supporter of human dignity, civility, and the rule of law would not want that his work is marred by a President who routinely attacks by individual judges, and the idea of an independent judiciary. We were wrong.”
Kennedy’s appointment is a reminder that the past court nomination battles have been bloody. He was Reagan’s third choice after the liberals like Ted Kennedy attacked Robert Bork demonized in a way that produces a lasting verb “Borking.” And Clarence Thomas barely made it on the court after Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations.
For many left-wing outfits, there is only one Problem. HuffPost ran a picture of a coat hanger with the headline “The end of Roe.”
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin explains, “you are going to see 20 States pass laws to ban abortion outright. Only the prohibition of abortion. Because you know that it’s tipping over now five votes on the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade.”
Now the great likelihood is that there are five pro-life judges on the court. But that does not automatically mean that you throw a judgment, the law of the country has, since 1973. It is also possible that the new majority will be to chip away at the right to abortion and access to such procedures.
Since Trump is portrayed often as an erratic leader, keep this in mind. A Republican President such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio easily Neil from gorsuch and probably comfortably be nominated would have would up with a other names on Trump’s list of 25 names. The President ran openly as a pro-life candidate. This is not acts trump as a kind of an outlier; this is the latest sign that elections have consequences.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.